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Orem,UT,United States

Member Since:

Jan 27, 1986



Goal Type:

Olympic Trials Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

Best marathon: 2:23:57 (2007, St. George). Won the Top of Utah Marathon twice (2003,2004). Won the USATF LDR circuit in Utah in 2006.

Draper Days 5 K 15:37 (2004)

Did not know this until June 2012, but it turned out that I've been running with spina bifida occulta in L-4 vertebra my entire life, which explains the odd looking form, struggles with the top end speed, and the poor running economy (cannot break 16:00 in 5 K without pushing the VO2 max past 75).  


Short-Term Running Goals:

Qualify for the US Olympic Trials. With the standard of 2:19 on courses with the elevation drop not exceeding 450 feet this is impossible unless I find an uncanny way to compensate for the L-4 defect with my muscles. But I believe in miracles.

Long-Term Running Goals:

2:08 in the marathon. Become a world-class marathoner. This is impossible unless I find a way to fill the hole in L-4 and make it act healthy either by growing the bone or by inserting something artificial that is as good as the bone without breaking anything important around it. Science does not know how to do that yet, so it will take a miracle. But I believe in miracles.


I was born in 1973. Grew up in Moscow, Russia. Started running in 1984 and so far have never missed more than 3 consecutive days. Joined the LDS Church in 1992, and came to Provo, Utah in 1993 to attend BYU. Served an LDS mission from 1994-96 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Got married soon after I got back. My wife Sarah and I are parents of eleven children: Benjamin, Jenny, Julia, Joseph, Jacob, William, Stephen, Matthew,  Mary,  Bella.  and Leigha. We home school our children.

I am a software engineer/computer programmer/hacker whatever you want to call it, and I am currently working for RedX. Aside from the Fast Running Blog, I have another project to create a device that is a good friend for a fast runner. I called it Fast Running Friend.

Favorite Quote:

...if we are to have faith like Enoch and Elijah we must believe what they believed, know what they knew, and live as they lived.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie


Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 51.55 Year: 2011.51
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Neon Crocs 3 Lifetime Miles: 881.43
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

A.M. Sarah woke up with contractions around 2:00 AM. We figured it was real labor, called the midwife, called Luz, she came and got the kids, and filled the inflatable pool. After some work on Sarah's part, William Alexander Pachev was born at 4:34 AM this morning. Birth weight - 8 lb 8 oz, height 19 inches.

Jeff got a special privilege from being my running partner this morning. He was the first non-family/non-midwife person to see William. That's his PR for the youngest person he's ever seen. Then we went for a run with a stop at Luz's house to drop off the soy milk for the kids' breakfast. Jacob is allergic to cow's milk. Then Sarah called me on the cell phone and said she was bleeding. So we ran back. Checked on her, she said she was still not feeling good, so we went around the block with the plan to check on her once a mile. She called again after a mile, and this time she had a strong contraction, passed out a couple of large clots, stood up too fast and nearly passed out, and got really scared. So I stayed with her. Her midwife came, gave her some medicine, she is now taking a nap, and William is taking one as well right next to me.



P.M. Jacob ran 200 in 2:17, ran 0.34 with Joseph in 4:19, 1 with Julia in 9:34, 1.5 with Jenny in 13:17, 2 with Benjamin in 17:52. The blog now has the long awaited shoe manager. 

Vibram Five Fingers Miles: 6.05
Night Sleep Time: 4.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00
From Dale on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 12:45:58

Congratulations to both of you!

From Burt on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 12:56:01

What a day! Take care of that family and congratulations!

From wheakory on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 12:58:54

Congratulations to you and Sarah. That a wonderful blessing. Take care of the family. Sasha you are a very good daddy, and a dedicated running.

From cody draper on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 13:24:19

Congrats Sasha and Family!

From jefferey on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 14:19:17

2.5 hours later baby shows up. Sounds like a deal for Sarah 8).Congrats! Sweet! You gotta love babies. Good call on staying with your wife and stopping the run. My wife would kill me if I tried that.

From Metcalf Running on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 14:56:50

Congratulations to you both, he is a beautiful baby :) Take care... I hope Sarah is feeling better soon.


From Tom on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 15:09:10

Congratulations!!! Looks like another fine addition to your family. Take good care of Sarah and William. Actually I'm sure you will.

From RivertonPaul on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 15:13:41

Congratulations. Best wishes to all.

From josse on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 16:03:29

Very cute!! He looks like a Pachev:)

From Maria on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 19:18:44

Congratulations, Sasha and Sarah! Best wishes for Sarah's recovery.

From marion on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 21:01:16

Great news! Congratulations!!

From tarzan on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 21:06:39

Congratulations on your beautiful new son! I'm glad he finally made it. I hope Sarah gets some rest and heals up quickly.

From Jon on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 21:16:27


Just wondering, how long after the baby came did you go running? Is that a fastest post-baby running PR?

From rockness18 on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 23:04:43


From Paul Petersen on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 23:55:57

Congrats!! Best wishes for Sarah's recovery.

From Lybi on Sat, Oct 25, 2008 at 00:23:12

Congratulations!!! WOW! He is adorable already--look at those cheeks!

From James W on Sat, Oct 25, 2008 at 01:09:03

Congratulations, Sasha, Sarah and new baby William! I agree with Lybi, he is adorable. How you managed to get the shoe manager implemented as well is beyond me!

From snoqualmie on Sat, Oct 25, 2008 at 13:10:49

I am so happy for you and your family!! I hope Sarah recovers quickly. What handsome young person he is! Best wishes to all your family.

From Jon on Sat, Oct 25, 2008 at 13:55:26

Sasha- the shoe manager is nice, but is it possible to put it at the bottom of the posts and to make it a color other than red? Maybe yellow or something not too bright? I keep looking at everyone's blogs and thinking they ran a race due to the red at the top of their post!

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, Oct 25, 2008 at 14:15:24

Everybody, thanks.


No, this was not a PR. I ran within about the same time from Jacob's birth. One of the advantages of home birth. Regarding color and position, will play around and see what I can do. Suggestions in the form of RGB for this and other colors are welcome. If you need education about RGB, visit the link below:


William deserves some credit for getting the Shoe Manager out. He was being fussy yesterday afternoon, so I took him to the computer room. Turned out that he really liked one Russian kid song about a boy that says "We have not studied this in school, and we have not been given this in our homework" when asked to dig potatoes or play his harmonica. But when they tell him it's time to eat he says he can handle it. So I was able to keep William asleep for a long time while I finished the Shoe Manager.

From Kelli on Sat, Oct 25, 2008 at 16:12:38

Congratulations to you and your wife!! I am so happy he is here and happy and healthy! Take care!!

From Camille on Sat, Oct 25, 2008 at 17:51:33

Congratulations, Sasha! I love the pictures. He is beautiful.

From Jennifer Pachev on Sun, Oct 26, 2008 at 18:26:21

He is cute . When I hold him I almost can't put him down. He looks good enough to eat.

From MichelleL on Sun, Oct 26, 2008 at 22:23:36

You really ought to put out an announcement for us all. I happened to see your post earlier this weekend, but I could have gone a whole week in the dark ! Congrats anyway.

From Dustin on Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 08:37:20

Congrats and hope all is well

From JeffC on Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 11:36:03

Congratulations you two! That is a very beautiful new baby.

BTW, Sasha, I love the new shoe manager.

From Carolyn on Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 11:39:45

Congratulations! What a beautiful little boy.

From Superfly on Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 13:13:24

I'm a little late but Congrats to the whole family!

From jtshad on Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 16:52:23

Congrats on the new addition to the family! Hope everyone is doing well.

From mattk on Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 17:36:27

Wow, I'm really behind. Congrats Pachev family!! well done. I've got to come up with better excuses on why I can't get out to run!

From Lucia on Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 09:46:42

Better late than never, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Thank you for the pictures - William certainly looks adorable. What a joy!!!

From The Howling Commando on Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 12:03:09

What an adorable little one! Glad to see mommy and baby are doing great!

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